Saxo Bank Release Outlook 2012: A year of great change
The EU crisis, public sector austerity and social tension will create the perfect storm in 2012 says Saxo Bank in their newly released collection of Q1 Outlook analyses.
Saxo Bank, the online trading and investment specialist believes in its Q1 2012 Financial Outlook that a perfect storm is pending. Pressures in the Eurozone, public sector austerity and social tensions will all conspire to create the storm, in which no nation will be left untouched and 2012 could be the most pivotal year by far since the global financial crisis of 2008.
The changes afoot could mean that 2012 will be a year for the optimists, as there is potential that we might finally see the world start to head in the right direction once again. Nonetheless, as the leaders of the EU have failed to address the fact that the banking/sovereign debt crisis is one of solvency, not liquidity provision, the Bank believes that a renewed crisis is inevitable and its growth outlook for Europe is mostly negative. In the US, while it looks like the administration may hammer together some kind of deal with the Republicans on the extension of tax cuts, the austerity cat is out of the bag and focus will be on offsetting spending cuts for potential tax cuts/spending progress. That said, US growth will likely be somewhat stronger than elsewhere. In Asia, growth will likely look far weaker than consensus, as China faces some heavy lifting on rebalancing its economy. Uncertainty is great in this area as the regime is capable of forcing activity and behaviour to a degree not attainable elsewhere.
Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist at Saxo Bank comments: “The perfect storm is coming but there is no need to panic. We are optimistic that 2012 will be a year of great change. But before we get there, we’ll see yet another quarter of extending-and-pretending from the policy makers that will most likely prove counterproductive and lead us quickly to a turning point and hope for the balance of 2012.”
“The world economy eased off the accelerator in 2011 as foreign trade growth and government stimuli faded and the prospects for 2012 are for more of the same. The developed economies will struggle with weak domestic demand as austerity programmes and soft labour markets take their toll while emerging economies see foreign trade ease, meaning reliance will have to be more on domestic demand, which will see central banks swinging into action and loosening monetary policy. Overall, we look for world growth to slow further in 2012 to 3 percent”.
The full 2012 Outlook includes the following analyses:
- Premise for 2012: A year of great change
- EU crisis
- Public sector austerity
- Social Tension
- Economic growth
- Equity markets
- Interest rates
- Alternative Scenarios
- Market Comment – A perfect storm is brewing
- Macro Outlook: Navigating the rough seas of the perfect storm
- Equity: Accept the future is uncertain and embrace it
- FX: The cong remains (mostly) the same
- Monetary Policy: Major central banks
- Asia Outlook: Fasten your seatbelts, we are about to land
- Commodities: Market braced for headwinds
- FX Options: More upside potential for volatilities
About Saxo Bank
Saxo Bank is a leading online trading and investment specialist. A fully licensed and regulated European bank, Saxo Bank enables private investors and institutional clients to trade FX, CFDs, ETFs, Stocks, Futures, Options and other derivatives via three specialised and fully integrated trading platforms; the browser-based SaxoWebTrader, the downloadable SaxoTrader and the SaxoMobileTrader application available in over 20 languages. Saxo Bank also offers professional portfolio and fund management through Saxo Asset Management who accommodates high-net worth private clients and institutional investors and provides banking services and advice to retail clients through Saxo Privatbank. The Saxo Bank Group is headquartered in Copenhagen with offices throughout Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Australia.
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- Saxo Bank
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